Lauchernalp (Lötschental) 3.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
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Lauchernalp Ski Resort (photo - Lauchernalp)
Lauchernalp Ski Resort (photo - Lauchernalp)
Lauchernalp valley terminal in Wiler (photo - Lauchernalp)
Lauchernalp valley terminal in Wiler (photo - Lauchernalp)
Lauchernalp Alpine Village provides stunning views and lodging.
Lauchernalp Alpine Village provides stunning views and lodging.
Lauchernalp's Hockenhorngrat gondola - fabulous in sunshine............
Lauchernalp's Hockenhorngrat gondola - fabulous in sunshine............
......................... challenging in a blizzard.
......................... challenging in a blizzard.
The new 6 seater Stafal chair is one of only 6 lifts at Lauchernalp ski resort.
The new 6 seater Stafal chair  is one of only 6 lifts at Lauchernalp ski resort.
The Lauchernalp cable car is the lifeline and primary access for the resort.
The Lauchernalp cable car is the lifeline and primary access for the resort.
Lauchernalp has a quality restaurant, bar, ski shop & market in one complex.
Lauchernalp has a quality restaurant, bar, ski shop & market in one complex.
Zudili Panorama Bar at Lauchernalp.
Zudili Panorama Bar at Lauchernalp.
Lunch at the Zudili restaurant is quality at a reasonable price.
Lunch at the Zudili restaurant is quality at a reasonable price.
Alpenhotel zur Wildi is a Lauchernalp standout.
Alpenhotel zur Wildi is a Lauchernalp standout.
Heavy snow blanketed Lauchernalp during Powderhounds visit.
Heavy snow blanketed Lauchernalp during Powderhounds visit.
Lauchernalp's long valley trail has fun, steep freeride terrain to plunder.
Lauchernalp's long valley trail has fun, steep freeride terrain to plunder.
The base village of Wiler has numerous traditional & historic buildings .
The base village of Wiler has numerous traditional & historic buildings .
Lötschental superstitions centre on the mysterious Tschäggättä!
Lötschental superstitions centre on the mysterious Tschäggättä!
Lauchernalp has many km of winter walking trails for non skiers.
Lauchernalp has many km of winter walking trails for non skiers.
Travel to Lauchernalp is easy via train to nearby Goppenstein.
Travel to Lauchernalp is easy via train to nearby Goppenstein.
Ski Lauchernalp.
Ski Lauchernalp.
From 3111m, the Lauchernalp trails head down to the valley 1700m below.
From 3111m, the Lauchernalp trails head down to the valley 1700m below.
Ski Lauchernalp.
Ski Lauchernalp.

Lauchernalp (Lötschental)

Lauchernalp (Lötschental) Ski Resort Switzerland

Lauchernalp in the Loetschental, is typical of a 'small' ski resort in Switzerland. With a highest lifted point of 3111m and a skiable vertical of 1700m, 'small' in Switzerland is a relative term. providing huge panoramas and wonderful skiing in the heart of the Swiss Alps.

Powderhounds skied Lauchernalp recently in a seething blizzard. It was all but deserted due to zero visibility, but face-shots on every turn were the order of the day. We found Lauchernalp to be 'paradise found' and an insiders tip when in the Valais near Brig.

Summary of Pros & Cons for Lauchernalp Ski Resort

Pros

  • Huge skiable vertical;
  • Great opportunities for freeride and powder;
  • High resort base provides exceptional snow quality;
  • Numerous ski in / ski out accommodation options;
  • Awesome views when the sun shines;
  • Can ski to the valley (on and off piste!);
  • Lötschen valley villages are authentically Swiss with strong local traditions and intriguing superstitions.
  • Generally no crowds.

Cons

  • Relatively small ski resort;
  • Piste trails are very good, but limited over a few days;
  • Beginner terrain is strangely disjointed between summit and village base;
  • Visibility is poor on most terrain in poor weather;
  • Valley ski trail terminus requires a long walk to the cable car base;
  • Quiet après (but it is Switzerland!)

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective

  • Ski resort village is very quiet;
  • Can be some early competition from locals on a powder day!;
  • Access by public transport for day trips is easy.

Where is Lauchernalp (Lötschental), Switzerland?

Lauchernalp is in the spectacular Lötschental valley near Brig in Switzerland. it is possible to drive Lauchernalp, but from the north (i.e. Bern), the train provides the least complicated way to get there for most travellers. Brig is the gateway to a host of transport links to other ski resorts and the rest of Europe.

On the rail line between Brig and Kandersteg (Bern!), Goppenstein railway station is only 5 minutes from the Lauchernalp ski resort cable car base at village of Wiler. The train is met by the local route 591 bus which quickly drops one at the cable car terminal in Wiler.

For more information see the Travel to Lauchernalp page.

Nearby Ski Resorts

Whilst Lauchernalp has enough diversity and freeride terrain to keep one's interest for several days, numerous other excellent ski experiences can be had in nearby ski resorts. Skiing at Belalp, Aletsch Arena and the uber traditional Rosswald is easily achievable via the train and city of Brig. The larger ski areas of Jungfrau, VerbierZermatt & Andermatt-Sedrun are within a days travel by train.

Lauchernalp (Lötschental) Accommodation

Lauchernalp accommodation options include ski in / ski out chalets, hotels and lodges in the resort village located 500m above the valley at the top of the cable car. In the Loetschental (Lötschen Valley or Lötschental) are a range of hotels and guesthouses. The village of Wiler is within walking distance of the cable car valley station.

Outside Wiler, the villages of Ferden - Kippel and Blatten bookend the town. Blatten has the best range of hotels and services. All villages are connected to the Lauchernalp cable car valley station by regular local bus. Alternative lodgings can be had at Goppenstein or further afield at Brig and Kandersteg.

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    Lauchernalp Ski Trail Map
  • Lauchernalp Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1419m – 3111m (1692m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    8m
  • Lifts (6)
    2 Gondolas / cable cars
    2 Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    Mid December to mid April
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 55km
    Longest run – 10km +
    Advanced - 26%
    Intermediate - 36%
    Beginner - 38%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 17/18)
    Adult - CHF55
    Child - CHF29
    Child U/6yr - Free